3 Steps to Balance Mind, Body and Spirit

October 16, 2010 By: Matsya Siosal Category: Living with Intention, Mantra, Malas, Meditation, Mind Body Spirit, Raw Food

What if there were just three steps you could take to experience greater mind body spirit balance? Because let’s face it, who doesn’t feel out of balance these days, at least some of the time? We all want to feel more balanced, more aware, more present in our lives.  Time flies whether you are having fun or not, so it’s up to us to make our time here as full of joy and laughter as possible.

Yes there are millions of things we could or think we should do to feel happier, healthier and more vibrantly alive but see if it doesn’t boil down to these three being the magic formula for you.

Eat as many raw, organic plant foods as possible.

Eating at least 80% raw is one of the single most important things you can do to support a healthier, more balanced mind, body and spirit. Eating raw, organic plant foods is good for your mind because the digestive impact of fresh fruits, vegetables, greens, nuts and seeds is low impact on the body. Raw plant foods with their inherent enzymes in tact process and assimilate more quickly into the body. They also provide abundant trace minerals and other micro nutrients that the Standard American Diet (SAD) and even a relatively healthy cooked diet are sorely lacking in.

Without adequate stores and daily input of copious antioxidants, phytonutrients, amino acids, magnesium, silica, iron and other vital nutrients known and as-yet unknown to science, our entire nervous system, our brain, vital organs, neurotransmitter and hormone production, immune function and ability to ward off and repair free-radical damage is compromised. Most of us are compromised and this is where fatigue, depression, stress, aches and pains, skin problems, sleep problems etc. come from.

When you are ready to give raw foods a try here are a few simple tips to make the process one of fun and discovery. Consider it an opportunity for you to really get to know your body and respond to its true nutritional needs, thereby eliminating mood swings, stress, inflammation, pain and other maladies which are the result of inadequate or just plain unhealthy eating and/or blood sugar imbalances.

Take your time and enjoy the adventure

1. Research raw foods. There are many wonderful resources out there written or presented by medical doctors, nutritionists, naturopaths and other wise souls who discuss the scientific or medical benefits to and reasoning behind this nutritional approach. The more you understand why eating raw plant foods is so good for you, the more you will want to do it. Google David Wolfe, Gabriel Cousens, Kris Carr, Laura Bruno and Natasha St. Michael and begin your adventure exploring raw foods.

2. Focus on adding in more raw, organic plant foods rather than on what you intend to subtract from your diet. Try adding a green superfoods smoothie or juice for breakfast. Then try eating all raw until dinner. Try a raw weekend or week. As you adjust to eating raw cuisine you are bound to notice it just tastes better and you will naturally choose to eat raw more often than not.

Exercise – every day.

Our bodies were designed to be very active: hunting, foraging, building, walking or running long distances, sleeping and sitting in a natural environment furnished only by mother nature. Sitting at a desk for 8, 9, 10 or upwards of 12 hours at a time is not what our bodies were designed for. Nor for sitting in cars for an hour twice a day in a smoggy commute. A sedentary lifestyle is as big of a joy and passion killer as eating the Standard American Diet.

We know that exercise is one of the best things we can do for our emotional well-being, mental acuity, hormonal balance and overall health, not to mention our level of strength and litheness of figure. The statistics are abundant and all point toward a simple truth: we need to exercise, every day. Once you start and push through the initial inertia if you are not yet an exerciser, you will want to, need to move your body every day. Stretch, walk, run, skate, practice yoga, tai chi, play sports, dance, swim, hike, shadow box, bicycle, P90X or play with kids in a park. Pick something you love, something you have always wanted to try and do it. A lightness of heart, mood and body will soon follow.

Pay attention to your thoughts.

Buddha said “All that we are is the result of what we have thought. The mind is everything. What we think we become.” As much as we are what we eat, so too are we what we think we are. Our lives are in a continual state of unfolding,  expanding with the universe, reaching like a flower to the fullest expression possible. The thoughts that run through our minds day in and day out have a major impact on how we allow this unfolding to occur, how we contract against it, and also how we frame things with our perception-filter in ways that are sometimes untrue. By paying attention to our thoughts we first and foremost get to know what’s there. Most of us aren’t fully aware of what is being broadcast in our minds repetitively and to our own great detriment.

Paying attention to your thoughts will allow you to get a handle on negative thinking, false perceptions, fear-based projections and self-imposed limitations. Meditation is an ideal daily practice to bring greater awareness to your thoughts. I find that it’s got to be a continual process and my feelings are always my guide. If I’m feeling unpleasant it’s a cue to tune into my thoughts. Whether it’s a shift in perspective or an action I need to take, tuning into my thoughts will guide me to the solution.

Give one or all three steps a try and let us know how it’s going.

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3 Comments to “3 Steps to Balance Mind, Body and Spirit”

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